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Are you interested in upskilling? Are you a post-primary teacher who wishes to obtain Teaching Council registration for History, English or CSPE? Are you seeking to study for personal enjoyment? Then the Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) programme is for you.
The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option offers you the attractive opportunity to study a variety of interesting Humanities subjects at an Honours degree level through online distance learning, without having to commit to a full-time, or part-time, campus-based programme. If you wish to pursue an award of Diploma or Degree in Humanities you can accumulate your credits using this option too.
Sarah completed her degree in Humanities while working full time and living in Balbriggan. https://youtu.be/zZDt3aMy9Yw
Watch our Open Day taster lecture below for more.
Studying Humanities as an Online Learner - taster lecture: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcauV71QXVg
The DCU Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option allows you to undertake study at (level 8) degree level for personal enjoyment or professional development. You can complete your modules without having to commit to study towards an exit award or alternatively accumulate your credits towards an award of Diploma or Degree, the choice is yours
Of specific interest to many Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) students is that the History, Literature and Sociology modules are recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for general registration in relation to the (post-primary level) teaching of History, English and CSPE respectively. Post-primary level teachers who wish to up-skill and become registered in one of these subject areas may use the BASM programme in order to accomplish this goal.
At the beginning of the academic year, you can choose from a suite of modules in English, History, Philosophy, and Sociology. As a Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) student, you will have access to an array of self-study learning materials and resources, along with reading lists for required textbooks. Studying Humanities and Social Science subjects necessarily involves spending a lot of time reading academic material.
As a Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) student you may choose to study from a range of modules in the following Humanities subject areas:
Each of these subject areas is presented as a suite of six modules, which cover different aspects of that subject.
The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option allows you to undertake the study of these modules for personal enjoyment or continual professional development (CPD) purposes without aiming to exit with an award.
You also have the choice of continuing your studies to accumulate enough credits for an award of Diploma or Degree in Humanities i.e. 120 credits for the Diploma or 180 credits for the Degree. Students have up to 8 years to accumulate these credits and exit with an award.
Please note that the programme is under constant review and there may be changes to the structure, content and presentation of the programme in future years.
Each module is awarded 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points.
The modular structure of the Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option gives students choice and flexibility in choosing which module(s) to undertake. Module choice may be subject to individual module regulations. The number of modules you undertake each year will depend on your individual circumstances. If you wish to undertake more than one module, please see the registration rules in relation to module selection. If you are returning to study after a long absence, and/or you are in full-time employment it is recommended that you should not take more than two modules in your first year. Please contact the Programme team to discuss your module selection options: email@example.com
This programme offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for in a given year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module, this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year. When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to study learning materials, actively participate in tutorials, and the time they need to set aside to interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums. Students in this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.
At the beginning of the academic year, students are provided with access to a suite of self-study learning materials and resources, along with reading lists for required textbooks. Studying Literature, History, Philosophy, and Sociology necessarily involves spending a lot of time reading academic material.
Patrice completed a BA in Humanities with DCU, studying from her home in Togher, County Louth
Patrice's video story https://youtu.be/oTqSouCzBWs
Tutorials and student support
Tutorials are activity-based, participatory sessions where Tutors facilitate review and discussion of the material students have been studying. Virtual tutorials take place using 'live', online classroom technology. You can partake in these virtual classroom tutorials at home, work or anywhere with a broadband internet connection. All that is required is a computer with a webcam and headset. These tutorials are recorded so they can be viewed again later, and usually take place on weekday evenings or on Saturdays. Tutorial attendance is mostly voluntary but a small number of sessions are mandatory and it is in your best interest to attend the live sessions where you will have an opportunity to discuss the content with your tutor. We also recommend regular participation in the online discussion forums provided where you can communicate with your tutor and fellow students.
In each module, you will be given several opportunities to demonstrate your learning through assessment work. The form that these assessments take depends on the module but may include essays, case studies, group work, contributions to online forums and discussions, multiple choice questionnaires, learning journals and/or end of year assessments. All continuous assessment work is submitted online.
Technology and Online Skills Requirements:
Your learning experience in this programme is enhanced through the use of learning technology and rich digital media. While we understand that students will have varying degrees of technical experience and ability, we advise that at minimum, you should be familiar with using email, browsing the Internet, downloading files, and using the word processing package Microsoft Word. You can find detailed information on the necessary equipment and skills required for this programme in 'Technology Requirements'.
The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study allows you to undertake study at university degree level for personal enjoyment or continual professional development (CPD) purposes or accumulating credits towards an exit award.
Studying of Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) modules will develop skills such as critical thinking, high quality written expression, and transferable skills such as organisation and time-management. The knowledge, abilities and skills you will develop are highly valued by employers and will also be useful and valuable to you should you undertake any further study.
Many Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) students have gone on to successfully enter the teaching profession (post-primary level) and existing post-primary level teaching staff have enhanced their teaching prospects by adding another subject to their teaching repertoire.
Many people enter their studies with the ambition of becoming a teacher. The Teaching Council was established to encourage teaching as a profession at primary and post-primary levels and to promote the professional development of teachers and to regulate standards in the profession.
For further information contact: www.tcil.ie
Applicants aged over 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry are eligible for admission to the programme and are automatically granted a place subject to submission of an application form and deposit.
Applicants under 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry must satisfy the normal minimum degree entry requirements of Dublin City University which are detailed here https://www.dcu.ie/registry/entry.shtml
In addition, applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must satisfy the university requirements for competency in the English language.